Loehmann’s Love

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do something I’ve been holding back on lately: Shopping. I’ll fully admit, I do love to get my shop on. But thanks to burgeoning wedding costs, I’ve restrained myself for the last year or so. (And by restrained I mean “shopped less”. You didn’t think I gave it up altogether now, did ya?)

However, I had the day off (holla for a teacher’s schedule!) and decided to pay a visit to my beloved mecca of discounted fashion merchandise. I told myself I was just scouting out rehearsal dinner dresses with no intention to buy… don’t worry, I didn’t actually come home with a dress but I did fall in love with one.

Anyways, have I mentioned how much I love Loehmann’s? I’m pretty sure I have but in case you missed it, there it is. I love Loehmann’s. It’s gotten to the point where Mr Trail Mix knows the drill whenever I enter the apartment with a Loehmann’s shopping bag. It varies by item but usually involves me making him guess how much I paid for said item and how much it retailed for originally. Some of my finds include my gorgeous Beth Bowley engagement dress, Seven for All Mankind jeans, a Cynthia Steffe sundress, Missoni sunglasses, Kate Spade flats…

Good stuff, all well below the retail price.

I think it’s the thrill of the hunt that I love; you just never know what you might score. It’s kinda along the same lines as my flea marketing obsession. I will also confess that I’m a brand junkie but I just refuse to pay exorbitant prices, which makes Loehmann’s the perfect place for me.

I found a few rehearsal dinner dresses that I liked and one that I loved. Take a look (all photos taken by yours truly):


This pale blue silk Cynthia Rowley halter matched my wedding palette and I was loving the white sash but the halter style without a tie-option wasn’t doing much for me and my awkwardly-shaped bod.


I adored this Tracy Reese dress when I tried it on and it fit me perfectly! But I the colors were a little darker than I had been envisioning for my June clambake rehearsal dinner and I so it got vetoed (although I did stand and twirl in it for a good five minutes).

And then I tried (or tried to try on) this one. And oh doctor, it was game over. It was another Tracy Reese dress and the details are just perfect.


A pale pink silk that fluttered when I walked. Empire-waisted with beaded details on the on the top. The gold ribbon-bow hanging down.

*Heart flutters!


Those thicker white circles are pearly, almost like shells. Oh, how I loved this dress. Alas (you knew this was coming), even though the label said it was a size or two larger than my normal size, the zipper just would not budge over my ribcage. I tried, I really did. I twisted it every which way, trying to get that stubborn device up. I asked the salesgirl to give me a hand. But no dice. Damn, damn, double damn!

I briefly considered buying it anyways and then bringing it to a tailor to have it taken out. But I was unsure of whether that would even work and honestly, the dress was $100 and when you add in alterations, I didn’t want to gamble on that much moolah. Having a dress taken in is one thing, having it taken out is another  whole ballgame.


Instead, I had to settle for a gorgeous, new bikini from Tibi and let my dreams of this pink-and-gold confection fade into the distance.

Isn’t my bathing suit pretty, though?


I justified it by telling myself I deserve a new one for our honeymoon and I think it will be perfect when we’re lounging on the beaches of…

Ha! You thought I was going to give my honeymoon location away without blogging about it. As if! No, that will have to wait for another day but due to a surprising/interesting turn of events, we’re very close to making a final decision.

Do you love Loehmann’s (or other discount stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc.) like I do? Have you bought any new fun clothing for your honeymoon?


Mrs. Trail Mix

New York
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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    LisaBee 358 posts, Helper bee @ 2:40 pm

    Loehmanns is the BEST. I too play the “guess how much!?!” game whenever I shop there and giddily read over my receipts. My fav is in White Plains, cleaner than the ones in the city, if you ever take a trip up to the ‘burbs.

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:42 pm

    I love stores like Loehmann’s, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s, but I’m usually not in the mood to dig for the little treasures.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:45 pm

    Oh no! Well, your bathing suit is super pretty and you will find a dress!

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    yorkie 1291 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:00 pm

    How is it I’d never heard of Loehmann’s before this post? I just checked their store finder and there are two in Miami! Thank you, TMix! ;o)

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    ChiCat 335 posts, Helper bee @ 3:23 pm

    I _love_ Loehmann’s!! When I was looking for a dress for a formal event before graduation (it’s kind of like an MIT prom), I found an amazing Vera Wang bridesmaid dress there for <$100, when it originally retailed for close to 10 times that! So checked back when I was looking for dresses for my bridesmaids, but sadly no dice. Can’t win ‘em all!

    And I play the “guess how much” game with my fiance, but it’s a bummer because he knows I only play when I got a great deal, so he guesses insanely low, and then I get grumpy because I end up telling him I paid more than he thought instead of getting to gloat over paying so much less than it’s worth :p

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:56 pm

    I am sad to say that as a New Yorker I have never been to Loehman’s. (Hangs head in shame). It’s like saying you’ve never had a bagel. Sigh..looks like great stuff though!

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    Mrs. Mouse 4789 posts, Honey bee @ 5:01 pm

    What a dissappointment that the dress didn’t fit! It’s really cute.

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:08 pm

    At least you got a cute bikini out of the trip! I don’t think I can say I’ve ever been to a Loehmann’s, but I do love some good bargain hunting!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:47 pm

    That stinks on the dress, but I think that was a smart move to not risk getting it and letting it out. Cute bikini!

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    tea 2406 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:21 pm

    oh that’s so sucky that it didn’t fit! what a bummer. but, on the bright side, your bikini is super cute!

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    LoriLori 800 posts, Busy bee @ 8:49 pm

    I’m a big Marshalls/TJ Maxx fan but never did well in Loehmann’s. I think it’s time I gave it another go!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 9:19 pm

    I love that second dress!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 am

    I hate when you find a dress that you love, & it doesn’t fit! I remember when Loehmann’s didn’t have doors on their fitting rooms-it was like a naked cattle call! Tracy Reese is great-I have the same awesome TR Anthropologie dress as Miss Snapdragon.

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:19 am

    I love the second dress, too, and I especially love the fact that you found a way to fit “As if!” into your post! Loves it!

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